BG board gives McVey raise

Bowling Green Schools Superintendent Ann McVey has been given a raise in line with both of the district’s
unions.
At Tuesday’s board of education meeting, members unanimously agreed to give McVey a 2.25-percent salary
increase, effective Aug. 1. That will take her salary to $141,020 per year.
That increase is the same that classified and certified staff received after negotiations this year.
The item was not on the agenda.
"That’s a surprise," McVey said after the vote. "I appreciate it very much."
Also at the meeting, Technology Coordinator Beth Krolak announced she has added 300 new Chromebooks for
use by high school students, plus 15 laptops and 90 desktops.
Her focus was on the high school this summer after being on the elementary schools and middle school last
year.
The district has replaced nine-year-old computers in three labs at the high school.
That number does not include a cart of 25 laptops supplied by Penta Career Center.
Last year the district also purchased 700 Chromebooks, bringing the total number high enough to allow
PARCC testing and Common Core testing with a ratio of 2 students per computer.
Schools have to be ready this year to give the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and
Careers tests to grades 3-12 in mathematics and English language arts/literacy.
The Common Core end-of-course exams will replace the Ohio Graduation Test. Students will also take
performance-based exams in math, English language arts, social studies and science.
All the testing for both PARCC and Common Core is online this year, making it imperative that schools
have enough computers.
"I think I told you two years ago we’d be ready, and we are," Krolak stated.
The computers will allow "daily instructional and learning abilities," she said.
Federal Title I money was used to purchase an additional 133 Chromebooks, with one cart, or about 30
computers, for use in the central office for staff development. The remaining will go to the middle
school and Kenwood and Crim elementary schools.
That makes the total of Chromebooks purchased since last summer 1,100.
In the past two years, the district has spent $511,645.10 for the Chromebooks, 35 carts, 90 desktop
computers, 40 laptops, mouses and earbuds, according to Krolak.
"It’s a lot of money that goes directly into the hands of kids," said Krolak. "It’s a lot
of money, but you’re getting your bang for your buck."